Norris Strawbridge

Artist statement:

Norris Strawbridge plein air painting

I believe that enchanting watercolors invite the viewer to join with the artist in a visual dialogue. In watercolor paintings, implications can be as important was what is clearly stated. A balance of darks and lights combine with the rhythm of lost and found edges to invite viewer’s imagination to collaborate with the artist in discovering forms revealed by light.


After a long career in architecture, Norris Strawbridge FAIA retired. He quickly discovered that he was “getting under foot” around the house and so he returned to his first love: watercolors. Having not painted since college, he soon rediscovered that watercolors can be deceptively challenging.

To expand his skills, Norris has taken numerous workshops with Gary Tucker, a renowned Boston area fine artist and instructor. Other workshops include working with Alvaro Castagnet, Charles Reid, Andy Evansen, Ashley Bryan and Henry Isaacs.  He is an artist member of the Newton Watercolor Society and Boston North Artists. He is also an Associate member of the Newburyport Art Association, the Rockport Art Association, the North Shore Artists Association and the American Watercolor Society. He has exhibited his work in group shows throughout the Greater Boston area.

Norris received his Bachelor of Art from Columbia University in 1968 and his Master in Architecture from MIT in 1976. In the interim he was a diving officer in the U.S. Navy. Norris devoted the core of his architecture career to designing campus and their buildings for university and colleges across the U.S and beyond.

Newton Watercolor Association Annual show- First Prize
Stove Top Gallery Annual Member’s Show
Kaji Studio Annual Members show

Newton Watercolor Association Annual show- Third Prize
Newburyport Artist Association Fall Member’s Open
Stove Top Gallery Annual Member’s Show
Kaji Studio Annual show

Newburyport Artist Association Spring Member’s Open
Rockport Art Association Spring members Open